Voters decide on street tax Tuesday

Conway resident Steve Neal (left) casts his ballot in the special election on a proposed tax increase for street improvements on Monday, the last day of early voting. Deputy County Clerk Lippy Lippincott said there was a large turnout during early voting. Polls will open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the McGee Center and Don Owen Sports Complex.

Conway voters will decide whether to levy a three-eights of 1 percent (0.375 percent) sales and use tax that would generate around $5.1 million per year for five years and sunset on March 31, 2023, during a special election Nov. 14.

 

Election Coordinator Teresa Horton said 1,373 people turned out to vote at the courthouse in five days. There was no early voting Friday as the courthouse was closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Election Day (today) at the McGee Center and Don Owen Sports Complex in Conway.

The Log Cabin Democrat will post the results at www.thecabin.net as soon as they are made available Tuesday night and in Wednesday’s print edition.

If the tax passes, Mayor Bart Castleberry wants the revenue from it to be used on collector and arterial streets and the city’s state turnback funds to be used for neighborhood streets.

If it fails, Castleberry has said the city will “do the very best we can with $1.4 million,” the current street maintenance budget.

For a complete list of proposed improvements the city plans to complete with the tax revenue, visit www.cityofconway.org.

 

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